About Dr Jo (PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed)
Hi, I’m Dr Joanne Orlando, a family digital literacy expert and educator and I’m committed to enhancing the digital wellbeing of kids and adults.
I’m a speaker, TV presenter, advisor, commentator and analyst who relentlessly explores how we can make children’s digital lives better. I explore why children use technology in the ways they do, how this differs to adults’ digital use, and what works and doesn’t work for each generation.
From this I develop meaningful approaches to online safety and digital wellbeing, how children can maximise technology to enhance their lives, and the best solutions to social, health and educational changes and challenges that emerge from children’s technology uses.
This knowledge enhances digital literacy, and I believe this is the key to digital wellbeing for both children and their parents!
About Dr Jo’s expertise and experience
Dr Jo (PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed) is leading international expert on family and digital lifestyles. She is best known for her ground breaking insights into how to enhance children’s online safety, digital activity and wellbeing. Dr Jo’s insights come from her own cutting-edge research with children, evidence from science, social science and health, lessons from popular culture, and her own everyday observations and experiences that explore how we can make our digital lives better.
Dr Jo is committed to and works regularly with industry to inform policy and practice regarding children and family digital lifestyle. She is as an accomplished speaker who distils complex ideas into fresh perspectives and solutions to diverse audiences. Dr Jo regularly works with the Education, Technology, and Health industry as an expert advisor, writer, on-camera presenter, and workshop facilitator. She works closely with key multi-national industry including Apple and Norton.
You will regularly see Dr Jo presenting on TV as an expert, including on The Morning Show, The Today Show, The Project, Daily Edition, the news, and regular radio and podcast segments. Dr Jo’s expertise was recently featured on 7:30 Report, and Sunday Life. She is an op-ed columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald, and has published a long list of articles globally.
Dr Jo is best-known for introducing new movements into our everyday life. She introduced the term ‘Sharenting,’ the implications of parents sharing their kid’s images online. Her initial article was read over ½ million times in first two hours, and led to Dr Jo being interviewed worldwide. She also introduced us to the term ‘Finsta’ (Teen’s fake Instagram accounts), a term which has also circled the globe and included in pop-culture TV programs such as ‘Younger’.
Most recently Joanne launched her own brand TechClever, a digital literacy education program for parents and children. She was formerly a writer for ABC PlaySchool. When away from her own screen, you’ll find Joanne hiking up and down mountains, travelling, and hanging out with her kids and dog Jasper.
Pearls of wisdom from Dr Jo
Quotes that matter from Dr Jo’s articles and appearances
‘Online hoaxes that threaten your kids one day, and turn out to be fake the next, are mentally and emotionally exhausting for kids and adults. Parents can feel an increasing lack of control. But this doesn’t need to be the case. There are tools and tricks you can apply to help you spot a hoax.’
‘Technology has undoubtedly become essential for productivity and communication in our professional and personal lives. However, the most prominent reason users of all ages reach for their device is not to work, but to "zombie check". These are the unthinking times you use your device throughout the day to avoid boredom.’
‘Taking smartphones away from classrooms will cease smartphone distraction, but there is no guarantee it will lead to Aussie kids achieving better standards. Results will only improve if kids are engaged in learning and this happens when they see the relevance in school learning.’
‘In my research with teenagers about their technology use, they are very quick to flip the tables and point out the violence and aggression that is part of real, traditional sport. And they have a point. Many parents feel the hypocrisy of barracking their child on the footy field shouting out ‘go hard… tackle them…don’t be a princess!’, yet complaining about on screen violence.’